Playing Fair: Learning the Five Card Draw Rules
Poker is a game that requires great patience, strategy, and financial risk from its players. Nevertheless, even in such a risky game, you can guarantee that no unnecessary risks are taken by learning the rules. In this case, the five-card draw, one of the most basic poker games known to man, can only be yours to master if you learn the five card draw rules. The following rules may be your best chance yet to win against your card-playing opponents.
The first of the five card draw rules concerns card rankings. If you have ever played solitaire, the card rank should be familiar: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. The highest-ranking card is the Ace, while the 2 card is the lowest in rank. It is important to know card rankings because you will lose every game if you do not. Learning the rules will keep you from robbing yourself, granting yourself too many points, or robbing others of theirs. It will also help you to know whether an opponent is cheating.
The second of the five card draw rules concerns hand values. Now that you know the score of each individual card, you now need to know what hands-scores of five cards-weigh more than other hands. The top five hand values are as follows: royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pair, and one pair. The highest hand value is the royal flush, while the lowest hand value in five cards is the one pair. Know the hand rankings and card rankings alike.
One of the last basic five card draw rules is to know simple terminology. “Ante” refers to an initial bet in the game. This is where the expression “up the ante” comes from. In poker, to “up the ante” refers to placing the starting bet in a poker game-though the expression is now used to refer to the concept of receiving financial compensation in general. To “raise” a bet is to take on the prior bet and increase the bet; at this point, you would place more money on the table to increase the stakes and the suspense of the game. When you “fold” in a game, you take your cards out of your hands and place them on the table to indicate that you are withdrawing from the bet. These terms are commonly used in a poker game; knowledge of them indicates to your opponents that they cannot con you out of your money so easily.
These are some basic five card draw rules that are necessary to know, should you want to find yourself in the winner’s circle. You must first develop a winning strategy in the mind before winning on the table.